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Sep 27, 2011

This Week: Middle of a Poster Series

By On 14:55
Take a look at the "Beginning of a Poster Series" for a snapshot of the progress.

And then, I got a bit closer.  Tulle, 3-element palette, and varying photo treatments, PLUS a very cool looking faux-spot varnish when the final is printed.   This project still has a little way to go to completion, but I feel I'm on the right track.

Sep 23, 2011

This Week: Middle of a Poster Series

By On 06:45
Take a look at the "Beginning of a Poster Series" for a snapshot of the progress.

I went on a site visit to the location of the recognition event, and got a wake-up call. The walls will not frame a vertical orientation well.  Actually those walls could take a vertical , but my design would need to be  much more narrow.  So, here's what the first set have morphed into :

The color scheme and tulle pattern give a layer of elegance--not to mention the addition of a faded drop cap in Vivaldi Italic.  I'm still working on the framing of the portrait (I think a tighter crop might work better than what you're looking at now). To get to this point in  the design process I worked on several layouts in this color space. I experimented with making different elements of the palette the primary color. Don't scream :

Please note: the difference in the focus of these posters and the ones from series one. Emphasis is now on the individuals rather than on their accomplishments.   

Sep 12, 2011

Portfolios that Inspire!

By On 06:22

Not only is he an awesome friend, he’s also an awesome graphic designer.  This is what my portfolio aspires to be when it grows up. Simon’s is an example of an excellent graphic design portfolio, full of great design samples, diverse projects, simplicity of design/layout, and consistent branding! Kudus buddy.

Check out some more Portfolios that Inspire

Sep 8, 2011

Job Interview: Make a good Impression

By On 07:23
Interviews are a fact of life in job hunting. If you want to make a good impression, learn and execute the following:
Be Prepared – Don’t walk into an interview without researching the company and job. You should know what the company does, recent or notable press, and basic information about its history. Not knowing the basics is an immediate turn-off for interviewers.
Dress well – The fact is that you are judged-–or pre-judged—by your attire. Pay attention to your appearance. No matter what the position you’re applying for, dress professionally and compose yourself similarly. After you get the job, you can choose clothes that suit your personal style.
Have your portfolio and leave-behind ready – You’re a graphic designer and they want to see your work! In addition to your portfolio, leave the interviewer with a piece that gives them access to your design skill. I mean a brochure, view book, writing samples, flash drive, DVD, etc.  At the very least give them a biz card with links to your portfolio site.
Arrive on time –Plan to arrive 15 minutes early. Being earlier than that may make the interviewer feel rushed. If you get there sooner, grab a coffee and use the spare time to practice your interview responses.
Be confident – You know why you applied for the position and you know why you’re right for it! Your task here is to convey this to the interviewer. Smile, sit comfortably–and straight, make eye contact, offer a firm handshake, and respond to questions with enthusiasm. And for God's sake, don't fidget.
Ask intelligent questions – By asking pointed, intelligent questions, you'll impress the interviewer with your interest and set yourself apart from the competition. Get a great list at SimplyHired.com
Follow Up – After the interview is over send a thank you note to all who interviewed you.  Get their names or business cards of all the folks who interviewed you before you go—or snag them off the internet. You have the option of an email or hand written note—your call.I’ve recently added a 4x6 notecard to my identity package; I use this for invitations, thank yous, invitations, and notes.